I wrote in my travelogue that I went here and there by marshrutka. But someone could ask: what is it?
Marshrutka is a form of public transportation such as a share taxi in Russia and many post-Soviet countries. The role of the modern marshrutka is theoretically similar to the share taxi, that use minibuses in other countries. I think in Turkey it is called dolmus.
It is very cheap - from Yerevan to Tbilisi it costs around six USD. Sometimes it has fixed times of departures but very often you must wait till it fills up. And it can last even a few hours :(. You usually pay the driver in the end but sometimes there are tickets. Good thing is that it stops where you want. It happened that the driver asked us where we went and then stopped just directly by the hotel. They also arranged for us to take us from the guesthouse, very convenient when you are with heavy backpack. Usually they are Ford transit and one is a bit squeezed inside but sometimes there are more comfortable Mercedes. We were in low season so they were only locals that went. When possible, we sat in the first row next to the driver so I could make photos through the front window. and we could chat with him. (All drivers spoke Russian). In Poland it is forbidden to use mobiles during driving, but not in Georgia. They used it all the time. And seeing any church they made cross signs three times in Orthodox manner. I was a bit scared on the curved mountain road. It was easy to go from the endpoint, but I was afraid to go from the place on the way, with no specific time and what to do when there are no places? Then we used rather taxis, more expensive of course, but more efficient and allowing us to see more places.
Here is the railway station in Zugdidi. We were there going from Tbilisi to Mestia and again going from Mestia to Batumi. Our marshrutka is this yellow one on the right side. You can see two other white ones on the left side.
It was always fun to use them!
Marshrutka to Batumi .
I have just found new exciting way of travelling. It is Bla Bla car. I will try it in Spain :)
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serp2000 (44720) 2014-05-03 2:42
You can say them that ÌÀÐØÐÓÒ / MARCHROUTE or German word Marschroute. it has and French history "marche" — move, and "route" — a road. Thanks for so informative report, $6 is very low price for this trip. the photo is beautiful, very nice architecture.
snunney (101706) 2014-05-03 2:52
A fine composition and an explanatory note to go with it. Just the ticket for TE! Have a pleasant weekend.
Sergiom (82891) 2014-05-03 5:47
J'aime bien la diagonale que forme cette superbe construction dans l'image. Le blanc contraste parfaitement avec le bleu du ciel. Une belle animation dans le stationnement.
holmertz (55007) 2014-05-03 7:09
Although I never went to Zugdidi this photo feels quite familiar and a bit nostalgic. It's one of the most quiet marshrutka stations I have seen in Georgia, Not so difficult to find your way here. The sign on the building clearly says "Bus Station" (avtosadguri), and on the yellow marshrutka it certainly says "Batumi". No problems at all :-). It's a surprisingly fine building and the colours came out perfectly on this sunny day.
rychem (38193) 2014-05-03 9:06
I znowu skojarzyło ni się z Turcją, tam takie taksówki nazywały się dolmus, ani razu nie dostałem biletu płacąc :), bardzo ciekawa notatka, super zdjęcie
carlo62 (50872) 2014-05-03 14:37
molto interessante la tua nota, infatti mi chiedevo cosa volesse dire quella parola, ma pensavo che fosse il traduttore a non compredere.
Una ulteriore bella condivisione, con tante notizie e foto per capire e imparare.
tyro (25936) 2014-05-04 11:57
You have given us an interesting note and also some very useful guidance for anyone wanting to travel by marshrutka - that sounds like a very cheap way to travel even although you might have to wait for some time.
And a fine photograph of this railway station, nicely composed with the white facade of the building placed on a pleasing diagonal. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
P.S. I've just looked at http://www.blablacar.com/ - that does indeed sound like another good way of travelling! :o)
mcmtanyel (24567) 2014-06-25 20:58
Yes, they are called dolmuş in Turkish, the English transliteration would be dolmush. It literally means filled-up because just like you said, they depart when they are full.
Coming to your photo, I like the fact that it contains two elements that are my favorites, vehicles and architecture.
Oh, wait - did you remove a person on the left?